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  • Jazz Mogul Wynton Marsalis: Sing Your Own Song, But Don’t Forget About That Swing

    Posted on September 12th, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews

    After finishing his lecture-performance at the Pulitzer Centennial Celebration at Harvard University on Saturday, jazz musician and educator Wynton Marsalis imparted a piece of wisdom to me: the Internet is not shortening our attention spans.   Keep reading »

  • Star Studded Cast of Journalists, Artists, Celebrate Pulitzer Centennial

    Posted on September 12th, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews

    Some of journalism’s biggest names commanding the nation’s most pressing news stories, along with dozens of renowned writers and artists, flocked Sanders Theatre this weekend for a star studded celebration of the Pulitzer Prize’s 100-year anniversary.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis performing at The Pulitzer Centennial

    Posted on August 30th, 2016 in Concerts

    Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust will open the weekend with an introduction of Pulitzer Prize winner Wynton Marsalis. Marsalis will reflect on the themes raised by “Blood on the Fields,” his epic oratorio of one couple’s journey from slavery to freedom-the first jazz composition to win the Pulitzer.   Keep reading »

  • The Story Behind the First Pulitzer for Jazz

    Posted on June 22nd, 2016 in Profiles & Interviews

    In 1997, for the first time in the history of the Pulitzer Prize in Music, the award went to a genre intimately bound up with the cultural, social and racial history of this country: jazz. Wynton Marsalis’s “Blood on the Fields,” an epic vocal-orchestral suite that dealt head-on with the tragedy of slavery, became not only the first jazz work to take the highest honor in American music but the first non-classical piece ever to win.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz musician of the year: Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on December 15th, 1997 in Profiles & Interviews

    If everything had gone according to plan, Wynton Marsalis would have taken a long, deep breath in 1997, stepping out of the public eye for a sorely needed sabbatical.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz at the Center

    Posted on May 12th, 1997 in Profiles & Interviews

    When Wynton Marsalis received the Pulitzer Prize recently for his three-and-a-half slavery oratorio, Blood on the Fields, he was the first jazz composer ever so recognized (Duke Ellington was specifically rejected by the board). But Marsalis - whose success at 35 as a composer, popularizer, teacher and institution-builder is unrivaled—is still an angry young man, albeit a charming and eloquent one.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis is first jazz musician to win Pulitzer Prize

    Posted on April 28th, 1997 in Profiles & Interviews

    Wynton Marsalis says becoming the first jazz artist to win a Pulitzer Prize is not about him—it’s about the music. Marsalis won the prestigious prize for music for his epic jazz opera. Blood on the Fields, which focuses on the tragedy of slavery in America. Until now, the Pulitzer Prize for music has traditionally recognized classical compositions.   Keep reading »